Presenting a problem
On Friday last week I had the “pleasure” of attending a presentation from the HR team of a large public sector organisation to a couple of hundred line managers. You won’t be surprised to know that I was incognito. However, it proved really useful seeing another HR director in action and I learnt the following top tips which I’m pleased to share with you.
1. Starting off by screeching “listen I have a loud voice but I can’t compete with you lot chattering away” is a great ice breaker.
2. It’s ok to refer to manual jobs as, “those things” because they don’t require the “same level of skill” as professional jobs.
3. When people have left their day jobs and travelled to hear you, a great motivational tip is to keep on referring to how busy you are and how you need to finish on time, because you have important things to do.
4. When one of your team stands up to give part of the presentation, you are demonstrating your close relationship by telling them, in front of everyone, to “sit down” because, “they won’t hear you over the air conditioning”.
5. If you get a tricky question from the audience, a good way to handle it is to declare that you are, “not going to answer that” and turn your back on the person who asked the question.
That is not including her telling this group of professionals that they, “couldn’t be trusted” to know certain information.
And we wonder why everyone hates HR……